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Water ton Lakes Nat ional Park


BY SUSAN QUINLAN WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL


PARK Although most visitors to national


parks know they’re not allowed to remove anything related to nature, such has not been the case when it comes to shed antlers in Waterton Lakes National Park. “We did catch a person from


southern Alberta taking antlers out of the park,” said Waterton Lakes National Park communications spokesperson, Janice Smith. “The park warden watched this


person get in a kayak and cross one of the lakes in the park, then search around until he found an antler. He got back in his kayak then put the antler in his vehicle.” That individual even admitted


to the park warden he was planning on selling the antler, said Smith. She was puzzled by that prospect


Friday, November 18, 2011 - Prairie Post West - 3 Parks Canada reminds visitors you can look, but don’t touch “One reason we wanted to do this


story is that in Alberta, you can do this (shed hunting), but not in our national parks. You can’t take anything out. If you take it away, others can’t see it; it affects the visitor experience. And of course, there’s the wildlife; (the antlers) are quite a significant nutrient ... I don’t think I’ve ever found an antler that has not been chewed; they go back into the ecosystem in one way or another.” Parks Canada recently requested an


amendment to the fines levied for those violating park rules, resulting in a significant increase. “Riding Mountain (National Park) in


Photo courtesy Parks Canada


for a number reasons including the fact it is illegal and definitely not lucrative. The going rate for shed antlers is about $7 a pound. The individual has since been prosecuted and had to


This antler has been gnawed on by animals in Waterton National Park. Parks Canada is reminding visitors that they’re not allowed to remove shed antlers, or those shed by elk, deer and other ungulates, from any of the National Parks. An individual in southern Alberta was recently charged for having done so and had to pay a significant fine.


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pay a $345 fine, but the amount of that fine is actually at the judge’s discretion, said Smith, and relative to the value of the item taken. One may face a fine of up to $25,000, said Smith, and if the perpetrator is a business, that fine may exceed $25,000.


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rodents gnaw on the antlers, which provide those species with calcium and other minerals.


Manitoba has been having huge problems with people killing black bears to sell their gallbladders.” Although most have heard of exotic


foreign markets for these items, it’s likely news to many people that Canada’s national parks are a source of supply for those markets. “With the antlers, at least they’re shed, but there are some that hunt


them just to sell the antlers. Our park wardens are pretty vigilant at this time of the year anyway (hunting season) ... We’re more concerned with people being aware of the different rules, and the benefits (of following those rules) for the ecosystem.”


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Continued from Page 1 “We have the Canadian Wheat Board law on the


books, and Section 47.1 says farmers and the wheat board must be consulted prior to any restructuring of the wheat board — that’s clear,” she said. “So just because (Harper) has a bill now, which is going through Parliament — that he’s railroading through — that bill can not supercede a law which is (already) in place, so he must listen to the farmers.” Bill C-18 passed second reading in the House of


Commons last week. It will need to be read a third time, and if passed, the bill would be given to the Senate for another three readings. Should the bill pass in the Senate, it would then be sent back to the House


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and presented to the Governor General for royal assent. According to Muendel-Atherstone, those wheat


board advocates were only given one hour to make a presentation to the House committee at second reading. “They curtailed a discussion on the wheat board, so


this is really a sign of the lack of democracy in Canada, how the prime minister is eroding democracy,” she said. “There should be much more discussion on this. It can’t just be pushed through in a few weeks and that’s the end of a 75-year institution. It was brought in to give farmers an opportunity to band together and to stand up and get a better price for their wheat.”


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